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Calling all Disney lovers! Stage Nine’s “The Vault” and the California State Railroad Museum are hosting the worldwide debut of The Pixar Collection at the museum Sunday. The collection will include artwork inspired by the first 11 films created by Pixar Animation Studios.
Stage Nine, located at 102 K St., is an entertainment store that carries unique collectibles and pop culture memorabilia.
Stage Nine owner Troy Carlson said that he is honored to have the collection’s debut in Sacramento.
“I definitely expect collectors, and there are people traveling from Los Angeles and San Francisco.”
Carlson said that they voiced their interest in hosting the event in Sacramento.
Stage Nine gallery associate Logan Mauro said that Stage Nine was chosen to host the debut because Stage Nine is the closest Disney gallery to the Pixar Studios in Emeryville and “one of the top five Disney galleries in the nation.”
“We have a history of doing large events for the Disney Fine Arts,” Mauro said.
Carlson also said that the California State Railroad Museum was chosen to feature the artwork because he collaborated with the museum in the past. He said he thought it was a great facility and that Walt Disney loves railroading.
“They could hold the amount of people expected to attend,” Mauro said. “(They have) hosted releases in the past.”
The films used for the artwork include “Toy Story”; “A Bug’s Life”; “Toy Story 2”; “Monster’s, Inc.”; “Finding Nemo”; “The Incredibles”; “Cars”; “Ratatouille”; “Wall-E”; “Up” and “Toy Story 3.”
Carlson said that 12 different artists are in the collection, with 11 artists each representing one film and the 12th artist commemorating all of the films.
The 11 artists include Mike Kungl, Rodel Gonzalez, Trevor Carlton, Tim Rogerson, James Coleman, Bill Morrison, Lorelay Bove, Noah, John Rowe, Harrison Ellenshaw and Jody Daily. Click here for Stage Nine’s artist biographies.
Daniel Arriaga created 11 individual paintings and combined them into one composition.
The “Finding Nemo” inspired painting called Come Out and Play, by James Coleman, features Nemo’s underwater world through bright, playful colors.
(Image by: Disney/Pixar©)
Harrison Ellenshaw’s A Promise Fulfilled depicts the famous house carried by balloons in “Up.” The painting delivers a new kind of emotion for the film’s memorable scene at Paradise Falls.
(Image by: Disney/Pixar©) “It’s a really interesting collection of different artists and disciplines,” Carlson said. “Each artist has unique qualities.”
Carlson said that the originals will be available for purchase as well as petite, deluxe and premium sizes. He also said that commemorative lithographs of the Pixar storyline will be for sale.
“Each artist paints in a different medium,” Carlson said. “There is a wide variety of different talents.”
Folsom Disney collector Bob Mutchler said that he has been collecting Disney artwork for 30 years and has at least 60 pieces.
“This event is as huge to Sacramento, I think, as a championship athletic game,” Mutchler said. “What this event is doing is very positive to the image of Sacramento.”
The California State Railroad Museum is located at 111 I St.
The event is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Mauro said that after the event, Stage Nine will have some of the artwork on display.
Attendees must purchase admission to the museum. If you buy two admissions, the amount of those will go toward the purchase of Stage Nine’s Pixar artwork during the event.
The cost of admission is $9 for adults, $4 for ages 6-17 and free for ages 5 and under.
With the price of admission, attendees can see the artwork, meet several of the artists and have purchased artwork signed.